The 1972 Dodge Challenger is one the most fearsome vehicles of the
muscle car era. So when you have a restomod with 480+ hp Magnum V8,
four wheel disc brakes, and the slickest paint around, you know the
top dog has arrived.
Just looking down the bright, shiny flanks of this Challenger, you can see that the money was spent wisely, because the sheetmetal is straight on this 45-year-old muscle machine. Panel fit and body gaps are far superior to what you would had from the factory, which makes for the best canvas around. This one earns its mean attitude through a paint scheme that will get you attention everywhere from the car shows to biker bars. The separation on the Hemi Orange and black almost looks Harley-Davidson, especially with the silver stripe that perfectly follows the contours of this icon. The whole presentation is cleared over to give a uniform shine that lets everyone know that no expense was spared. And just in case they weren't already convinced this was a cut-above classic, the bumpers were re-dipped for a mirror-like shine; the iconic dual scoop hood has bold callouts; and there's an LED taillight package, because that's the best view lessor cars are going to get. Finish it off with staggered set of large Foose alloys (18/20-ich front/rear), and you've got the makings for one mean street machine.
Inside, this car continues to tell everyone it's serious about performance. Those modern carbon fiber sports seats up front keep you planted far better than anything that came out of the '70s, and the four-point harnesses are there to tell you this Mopar is the real deal. This has also been upgraded for comfort with leather inserts on the dash, center console, and door panels that are far more comfortable then what came from the factory. And the orange stitching is the kind of detail that lets everyone know this was quite a thoughtful build. New carpets and headliner complete the dark premium package. But more than just luxury, this is a true driver's machine. Your right hand perfectly falls onto the B&M Megashifter; your left one will love the new three-spoke sports steering wheel; and beyond that is the full Rallye gauge cluster.
Mopar means muscle, and the engine bay in this custom build doesn't disappoint. When you life the hood, the Mopar Performance fined valve covers and matching air topper are part of a striking overall presentation, but the real treats are what happens when you dig a little deeper. This is a period-correct beastly 440 cubic-inch Magnum V8 RB block, which makes it quite desirable all on its own. But then it was rebuilt and reinforced with plenty of performance goodies. This includes an Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads, Edelbrock cam & lifters, new main bearings, new cam bearings, MSD ignition, and three-row aluminum radiator. The V8 inhales deeply through an Edelbrock Performer Series 750 CFM four-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, and it exhales with authority from Hooker headers. The total package is rated at 482 horsepower, and everyone knows it thanks to the fierce growl of the three-inch H-pipe dual exhaust. It all gets to the ground thanks to a stout Torqueflite A727 three-speed automatic that's been rebuilt for stoutness. All this power is nothing without control, that's why you also have a complete Hotchkis performance suspension upgrade that includes new rear leaf springs, control arms, torsion bars, and sway bars front & rear. Add in a Wilwood four-wheel disc brake package and modern performance tires, and this is the Mopar legend that's easy to keep under control.
This is a turnkey ready speed machine that is wrapped in the sheetmetal of an icon. Many dream about a classic like this, but only one will get it. So if you want it to be you, hurry and call today!
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